Rocinante gets some Jewelry
Oct 24, 2017
One thing about motorcycles is they don't have much storage space.
I have been carrying my rain pants and seat cover in the square,
black pouch on the back of my jacket. I thought it'd be better to
have a little luggage rack on the bike.
Amazon to the rescue! $120? Well . . . OK. That seems a bit much,
And that's what it looks like. It is quite pretty and shiny, perfect
for little Rocinante.
Even though it is pretty sturdy, it does have this weight limitation
sticker. Not important for me, but others might consider a different
She's metric, of course (damn you, Ronald Reagan! We should ALL
be metric.) so I had to get some metric wrenches, of course. And
motorcycles are put together pretty tightly, so I got stubbies.
And, of course, there is a nut on the back of the bolt, so I needed
two wrenches. Luckily, I already had a set of metric wrenches (of
course - the rest of the whole frigging WORLD
is metric!) so it was a non-issue.
The rack comes with new bolts (screws?) and they are a tad longer
because now they have to go through the rack as well as the fender.
Hex head, eh? Nobody said no nuthin' 'bout no hex heads. Good thing
I am prepared.(stupid autofocus)
When you first put the rack on, it is spread about 25mm (1",
for you luddites) too wide. This is actually a GREAT thing as you
can put it on without scratching your chrome, and Rocinante
has beautiful chrome.
Tighten it down, zip, zip, zip!
Oh, that's purty! Looks fast, too!
That's it? $120 to carry a homemade seat cover? To put it in better
perspective: An 8-hour workday at $15 an hour? To put it in even
BETTER perspective: If the worker is paying 25% in taxes (state
and fed) then it is actually an 8-hour workday at $20/hr. That's
what love does to you - it makes you stupid.